Art Therapy Reduces Social Isolation in Australia

 

The National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in Canberra is offering guided art tours for people with Alzheimer's, touting numerous benefits of the experience, including increasing feelings of well-being, and reducing loneliness caused by social isolation.

The paintings, predominantly serene country landscapes, give the viewers "windows into other places and times," The memories evoked by the paintings appear to reduce anxiety and stress, and increase social engagement. Group members also get a chance to bond and create friendships, discussing their interpretations of the pieces, and sharing stories.

 

For more information, visit the NGA website at the address below:

http://nga.gov.au/ArtAlzheimers

 

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